Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Samson admits facing uphill task in retaining Sri Tanjong seat


The Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Sri Tanjong state seat, Samson Chin Chee Tsu has admitted that it would be quite a Goliath task to retain the constituency this time around. In view of the situation, Chin, and the BN election machinery, have been pooling all the available resources to help keep the seat, which has about 19,500 voters. “This is the first election that I feel that I need to put in extra efforts. “I’ve participated in four elections here but this is the most challenging; I must admit it’s going to be a hard fight,” he told Bernama when met during his campaign rounds here. The BN election machinery would not take things for granted or underestimate the opposition here, instead it would work hard to retain the seat. In this election, Chin, from Parti Bersatu Sabah, is facing Wong Sze Phin @ Jimmy of DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s Kong Hong Ming @ Kong Fo Min. In the 2004 polls, Chin retained the seat with a 3,907-vote majority, defeating a DAP candidate. Chin said Sri Tanjong voters knew that “they are living in peace, are safe and prosperous” under the BN Government and that they should not tinker with the situation. “Although we are living ma multiracial country, we live together peacefully. There are no problems among the races unlike in many other countries where one race is against another. “Over the past 50 years we have been very peaceful except on one occasion in 1969. But we have learnt and matured a lot as we go along,” he said. In terms of economy, he said, the BN-led Government had proven that it was able to bring in foreign direct investments. He said the Government’s vision of turning the nation into a developed country by 2020 should not face any hitches. “(Therefore) The voters should not disturb this security, peace and prosperity that we enjoy today. Jam sure almost everyone, from businessmen to the poor, are happy with the ruling BN Government,” he said. - Bernama